Behind the new Google Doodle - Thank You Emergency services workers! COVID-19
Photo Cred: Google

As COVID-19 continues to impact communities around the world, people are coming together to help one another now more than ever.

 

Global (8 April 2020) – They say it takes a village to raise a child, but what does it take to save the world? These days we don’t look to Marvel movies to find our superheroes, we look to those braving the outside world and those staying home!

Today, every person that is on the frontline of the war against the COVID-19 outbreak is a hero!

They are not wearing spandex or capes, they put on brave faces and deliver packages, ring up your groceries, collect your garbage. The heroes are the nurses and doctors working tirelessly without adequate protective gear, the brave souls using their last bit of data so a family can say goodbye to a loved one in the hospital. And the heroes are you and me, the ones who are staying home to help flatten the curve.

We are now a world of heroes and Google are using their Doodle to say thank you!

“Over the next two weeks, our Doodles will honour other essential frontline workers, including healthcare workers, first responders, and the many people keeping services like sanitation, food service, public transit, schools, and more up and running. Thank you to all the people who are working to save lives and keep communities safe during this pandemic” – Google

As we always love to say, in times of tragedy, look for the helpers! To all those people out there risking their own lives, we see you and we thank you! Thank you for braving the world and this virus so that we can access food and healthcare.

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but what does it take to save the world? These days we don't look to Marvel movies to find our superheroes, we look to those braving the outside world and those staying home!  Today, every person that is on the frontline of the war against the Covid-19 outbreak is a hero! They are not wearing spandex or capes, they put on brave faces and deliver packages, ring up your groceries, collect your garbage. The heroes are the nurses and doctors working tirelessly without adequate protective gear, the brave souls using their last bit of data so a family can say goodbye to a loved one in the hospital. And the heroes are you and me, the ones who are staying home to help flatten the curve.  We are now a world of heroes and Google are using their Doodle to say thank you!  "Over the next two weeks, our Doodles will honour other essential frontline workers, including healthcare workers, first responders, and the many people keeping services like sanitation, food service, public transit, schools, and more up and running. Thank you to all the people who are working to save lives and keep communities safe during this pandemic" - Google  As we always love to say, in times of tragedy, look for the helpers! To all those people out there risking their own lives, we see you and we thank you! Thank you for braving the world and this virus so that we can access food and healthcare.
Photo Cred: Google

As COVID-19 continues to impact communities around the world, people are coming together to help one another now more than ever.

“Today, we’d like to say: To all emergency services workers, thank you.”

Around the world, people are turning to the news to understand the evolving coronavirus pandemic and Google are working to help people find and engage with quality news across our products to stay informed on COVID-19 developments.

The new COVID-19 experience on Google News pulls together and organises all the latest news at the global and local level and provides easy access to the latest guidance regarding prevention, symptoms, and treatment from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other authoritative sources. This feature is available across iOS, Android and web platforms in more than 20 countries and will be coming to more in the upcoming weeks.

“When people look for coronavirus information on Google Search, we show the latest news coverage at the top of their results. Given the fast-moving nature of coronavirus news, we’re working to ensure people receive the most up-to-date stories from broadly trusted sources in their Search results. These news results are part of our comprehensive COVID-19 experience in Search, which provides easy access to authoritative health information and data.

On Google Assistant, we’ve expanded our coronavirus news coverage to provide the latest updates in more languages. Now when you ask, “Hey Google, what’s the latest news on coronavirus?” Google will give timely updates from relevant news providers. This experience is available globally on mobile devices and in more than ten languages on smart speakers and smart displays.”

Providing context to understand the full story

With so much new information about COVID-19 constantly coming online, it’s important not only to understand the latest news but also to gain context on various aspects of the story.

The Google News COVID-19 feature organises stories by topics such as the economy, health care and travel—as well as by region so people can better understand the pandemic’s impact around the world.

“We’re also experimenting with how to best include a dedicated fact check section in this COVID-19 experience to highlight fact-check articles that address potentially harmful health misinformation.”

For more information, click here.


Sources: Google 
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